2022 Pheasant's Tears Vardisperi Rkatsiteli

Pheasant's Tears |Kakheti |Vardisperi Rkatsiteli
A pinkish light red/rose from a nearly extinct native Georgian variety. A light chill and you're good to go!

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Pheasant's Tears, founded in 2005 by American John Wurdeman and Georgian Gela Patalishvili, aims to preserve the ancient traditions of Georgian winemaking and bring those traditions to the world. Their vineyards, equipped with qvevri up to 200 years old, produce wines that tell a rich cultural story of Georgia's 6000-year-old winemaking history.

Pheasant's Tears has revitalized the global interest in Georgian wines with their unique approach to winemaking. The 2022 Vardisperi Rkatsiteli is a prime example, made from the rare pink-skinned Vardisperi Rkatsiteli grape, an indigenous variety nearly lost to modernity. This skin-contact rose-coloured wine undergoes six months of maceration in qvevri, traditional clay vessels buried in the ground, adhering to ancient Georgian techniques.

It smells of raspberry and floral tones, followed by a palate of dried fruits, strawberries, and fine tannins, with a distinct acid tang and and crunchy, fine tannin. Its wild personality and crystalline acidity make it a standout in the world of amber/pinkish wines.

This unfiltered, additive-free wine is best enjoyed with a bit of a shake or decanting. Perfect for those looking to explore the exotic, textural wines of Georgia, this fascinating (and delicious!) offering from the Pheasant's Tears team offers a truly unique tasting experience.

Pheasant's Tears

Pheasant’s Tears was founded in 2005 by American John Wurdeman and Georgian local Gela Patalishvili, with a mission to preserve the ancient traditions of Georgian winemaking for the next generation.

The history of Georgian winemaking stretches back over 6000 years, though many of the old techniques were being lost to modernity. John set up his winery, complete with qvevris (an earthenware fermenting and ageing vessel similar to amphora that is buried in the ground) up to 200 years old and set about producing wines that tell a rich cultural picture of the country and its history.

No additions, just ancient practices with ancient native varieties, these wines are wild and likely, unlike anything you've tried before.

Pheasant’s Tears founder John Wurdeman Pheasant's Tears

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